Sunday night’s Oscars improved historically low ratings of the last yearbut full of courtesy and grace.
Beat another death knell for the once almighty rating grabber.
Tinseltown likes to think of itself as the center of the moral and pop culture universe, but come on – that was ridiculous, another slap in the face for what is supposed to be “Hollywood’s Shining Moment” (but is rare), with the TV together for the Gravy Train ride out of joint and hit a wall of indifference.
Sunday night’s Oscars show on ABC is the second-lowest Oscars show ever, with around 15 million viewers, up from a miserable 10.4 million viewers last year (similar to an episode of “Yellowstone” on cable TV’s Paramount Network).
The mediocre slump in ratings will give nervous network execs hope that this dinosaur can be saved from extinction – rather than the obvious writing on the (video) wall that it’s too late for that.
This year’s self-congratulations celebrations were produced by Will Packer, who may have another Will (Smith) to thank the most controversial moment in the ceremony’s 93-year history …if only someone watched it live on ABC instead of scurrying to their computers late Sunday night/Monday morning to see what all the social media fuss was about.
There is no doubt about it Smiths WTF? open hand Smack by Oscars host Chris Rock after Rock joked about it Alopecia by Jada Pinkett Smith (“Jada, can’t wait for ‘GI Jane 2′”) parsed and analyzed under a sociological microscope – accompanied by the requisite hand-wringing – until next year’s Oscars.
There’s a chance Smith could be fined by the FCC for his tirade of profanity launched in Rock once he sat back down. But it was paged by ABC heard elsewhere in the world, so that’s another kindling to throw into the firestorm. Smith is unlikely to be fined – even less likely to be forced to lose his Oscar from the Academy, as has been speculated – but still. It’s a speaker. But speakers, however spontaneous, will not reverse this ship’s traditional television course. It has sailed and needs to dock at another platform.
If the powerful in a business that is being built had even a modicum of guts entertainmentBecause they’d scream out loud, they’d move the 2023 Oscars to an online-only home in a digital reality where broadcast television, already jaded by too many smug awards shows, is fading away a little more each season. Believe me, more people will be watching online than in front of their TVs. It’s a sign of the times.
And while you’re at it, get away for an hour or two the three or more hour process of drying the paint. The superficial glitz and glamor of Tinseltown’s Biggest Night only goes so far once you’re past the “Who are you wearing?” question. moments on the red carpetand that’s only from a fashion point of view, if you care at all, and it’s in the pre-show – another unnecessary, little-noticed time waster.
It all vanishes once the tedious TV show begins and you realize that amidst all the pre-hype that “everything will be different this year,” you’ve been sold a merchandise ticket. They won’t. I think we know that by now. Will fan favorite Billy bring Crystal back? It won’t matter in the long run.
That’s not to say the Oscar producers haven’t tried to change it for a television show that once captivated over 40 million viewers in those salad days when it finished only behind the Super Bowl in television’s annual ratings list.
This year, There were three hosts: Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall. Eight Awards were cut from the live show to pick up the momentum. No “innovation” has done the trick to stop the work. Sunday night’s Oscarcast was the longest in four years as it went almost 40 minutes into overtime. Didn’t anyone get the memo?
And then there was the aesthetic insults. Did we really have to see Amy Schumer as Spider-Man – a great moment for Disney, ABC’s parent company, which also owns Marvel Entertainment? And when you get To perform Beyoncé, show her live, not pre-taped from her performance of “Be Alive”. Samuel L. Jackson won an honorary Oscar … but had to watch awkwardly as his “Pulp Fiction” co-stars Uma Thurman and John Travolta recreate their iconic dance from the film because his acceptance speech was cut along with other honorees from the television show Liv Ullmann, Danny Glover and Elaine May. Big mistake. Come on folks, get a hint.
It’s time to change how and where we see the Oscars.
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